Career in Chemical Engineering
Career in Chemical Engineering has a greater scope now a days with the increase of new companies coming up in the manufacturing sector. It is a fascinating subject if you have creativity with the talent of when to do what. You have something with you and you want to change its form. Here, the chemical engineer alone can help you! A chemical engineer is involved in the production of the chips and all the materials used in the gadgets you use every day for the fast life. If you are getting angry because of the gadget getting heated during the use, then blame the chemical engineer and the company he hails from! This is closely related with material processing as the processing of materials is basically the chemical reaction. Apart from this, a chemical engineer has good career opportunities in the field of petroleum production or oil processing companies, paint companies, drug manufacturing, etc. The materials we use every day ranging from the clothes, foot wear, food materials including the packed food, drinking water, everything involves the process of chemicals.
The recession proof profession
The important characteristic I learned about the career in chemical engineering is that this profession is not affected by the recession periods like IT and electronic industry. There are promising job and career opportunities for chemical engineers in environment, safety and engineering, pollution control industries, pharmaceuticals, etc.
Just like any other engineering discipline, Chemical Engineering too has wide scope in the industry. The opportunities range from the healthcare which is the most demanding in today’s world to drug manufacturing, elimination of waste, textile industry, petroleum and petrochemical industry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, paints, environmental health, etc. Chemical engineering is also related with other sciences like physics. We can say that career in Chemical Engineering ranges from design, manufacturing, production, operation in the plants, development and innovation of new materials, etc.
Wherever there is an involvement of chemicals in any areas like production, manufacturing, testing of manufactured products, treatment of waste etc., the chemical engineers have a role to play. While most of the chemical engineers work in the industrial sector, there are people who are strongly interested in research and development in the industry as well as in academia. In most of the industrial sectors like manufacturing of footwear, dress materials, cosmetics etc. chemical engineers have good demand. Engineering knowledge with the mathematics and sciences is essential for working in the industrial sector, while working on big projects. Even in the manufacturing of detergent products, tooth care products, chemicals are involved. What more to say, in most of the packed food products have the chemicals included.
In producing the electronic parts too, there is a role of chemical engineer. Now a days, all the devices are becoming weightless while it has to compete in the market without reducing the quality and performance. Here, the chemical engineers will have to work on manufacturing the products on part with the quality. Even in consumer electronics, there is a role played by chemical engineer.
This profession or discipline is closely related with biotechnology.
What knowledge to acquire to seek career in chemical engineering after plus two?
You must have a strong interest in Chemistry, for sure. Other than that, it depends on the specialized area you choose as elective courses or you higher education (M.Tech / ME / MS). Just like any other engineering discipline you must possess the following for a bright career in Chemical Engineering:
- Analytical Skills
- Problem Solving
- Project Management
- Teamwork & Leadership qualities
- Attitude to go into the details of any work
- Communication / Presentation Skills
Career in Chemical Engineering – Job prospects
Your job profile could be:
- Chemical Engineer
- Energy Manager
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Materials Engineer
- Mining Engineer
- Production / Process Manager in a plant
- Quality Control Manager
Probable Employers / industries
- Agricultural Chemicals
- Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
- Industrial Gases & related products
- Painting industry including ink production
- Petroleum Products
- Plastics, Synthetic Resins, and Composites
- Pulp and Paper
- Rubber and Rubber Products
- Soaps, Detergents, Perfumes, Fats, Oils, and Cosmetics
- Synthetic Fibres, Textiles, and Films
- Food Industries
- Metal Processing Industries
- Oil or Gas Refinery